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Built Environment

Built Environment

The construction of houses in the United Kingdom has developed over thousands of years from the most simple structures of timber and stone, to technically demanding ‘state of the art’ building systems. Modern houses are designed and constructed to conserve energy and resources, provide comfort and convenience to occupants, and to carefully protect us from the natural elements.

This Summer School will explain the history of house construction in the UK from pre-historic times to the present day, and will explain how technologies have evolved to exploit building materials and techniques to ensure that domestic buildings are fit for purpose. The course will also provide opportunities to design simple buildings in response to a design brief, and to come to understand the roles and responsibilities of those members of the design team who contribute to the design and construction of houses in the UK.

What you will study

  • The construction of traditional earth, brick, stone and timber houses in the UK;
  • The construction of the 19th century industrial workers’ terraced house;
  • Housing defects and refurbishment;
  • Modern house-building technologies;
  • Alternative sustainable house-building technologies; straw-bale and rammed-earth;
  • Modern design and construction processes;
  • The design and construction professions in the UK;
  • Conceptual design and architectural expression;
  • Rules and regulations in the UK;
  • Design, drawings and models.

This course is an introduction to the BSc (Hons) Construction Management and BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology courses available at Wrexham Glyndwr University.


£1050 (including deposit)

How to Apply

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